Congressman Steven Horsford Introduces Bill to Put Money Back in the Pockets of Teachers
Washington, D.C. — On Friday, December 6, 2019, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) introduced legislation to put money back in the pockets of our country’s teachers.
The bill, The Support American Teachers Act of 2019, would increase the existing the current $250 deduction expense to $500 for teachers.
“Teachers spend hundreds of dollars every year out of their own pockets to ensure that their students have access to the books, supplies, and tools they need to have the best education possible. With this bill, we are telling teachers that we see their sacrifice and are working to put money back in their pockets,” Congressman Horsford said.
In 2017, 24,750 educators in Nevada claimed the educator expense deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses. On average, teachers in Clark County School District, the fifth-largest in the country, spend $750 out-of-pocket on school supplies for their classrooms.
Kaitlyn Cline, a kindergarten teacher at Kay Carl Elementary School in Las Vegas, spends up to $1,000 per year out of her own pocket to give her class the education experience they deserve.
“As a teacher, I have to work extra on the side to help pay my bills and have extra money for work expenses. Any extra financial relief that can be utilized can make a huge difference,” Kaitlyn said.